The United States Mint began selling 2011 Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter bags and rolls at noon, August 29. The new quarters were also released into circulation by the Federal Reserve Banks. Tonight the US Mint hosted a free coin forum for the public in Vicksburg, MS, and it will ceremoniously launch the coin tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time.
The Vicksburg National Military Park Quarter is the fourth of five for 2011 in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Overall, it is the ninth in the program that started in 2010 and will go until the last coin is released in 2021. The Vicksburg quarter features the U.S.S. Cairo, a Civil War gunboat for the Union Navy. The image depicts the boat on the Yazoo River as it would have been seen in its day. Inscriptions on the reverse are VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, 2011 and E PLURIBUS UNUM.
As usual, the United States Mint is offering business strikes of the Vicksburg Quarter in both 100-coin bags and two-roll sets containing 80 quarters. The bags are $49.95 and the two-roll sets are $39.95. The coins are circulation quality but have never entered circulation, as they have been set aside specifically to be sold directly from the Mint. The rolls contain 40 coins from both the Philadelphia and Denver mint facilities, noted on their wrappers and the coins’ mintmark, while the 100-coin bags come from the buyer’s choice between the two facilities.
The bags and rolls can be purchased online at http://www.usmint.gov/, or by phone toll free at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
The public coin forum scheduled for tonight was held at 7 p.m. Central Time in the Vicksburg National Military Park Visitor Center Auditorium at 3201 Clay Street in Vicksburg, Mississippi. A United States Mint official answered questions from the audience regarding current and upcoming coin programs and initiatives.
Also on the agenda is a special launch ceremony for the 2011 Vicksburg Quarter on Tuesday, August 30, at 9:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time. The coin event will be co-hosted by the United States Mint and the National Park Service at the U.S.S. Cairo Exhibit and Museum inside Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The Clay Street entrance on the south end and the Fort Hill Drive entrance on the west side are recommended for those planning to attend, and a large crowd is anticipated, so parking will be directed along North Union and Confederate Avenues. Shuttle buses will provide easier access to the event. The U.S.S. Cairo Exhibit and Museum is located in the northwest corner of the park, near Vicksburg National Cemetery.
The ceremony is expected to last approximately 30 minutes and immediately afterwards adults may exchange cash for $10 rolls of the coins, while officials will hand out a free Vicksburg quarter to all children 18 years old and younger.
Other 2011 quarters already released include Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Glacier National Park in Montana, and Olympic National Park in Washington. Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma will be honored with its quarter in November.